Asked for his take on President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), billionaire investor and Trump business partner Carl Icahn told Bloomberg that Pruitt is “going to really be a breath of fresh air.” Given Icahn’s business ties, that statement is steeped in accidental irony. Icahn, owner of the holding company Icahn Enterprises and a major donor to Trump’s presidential campaign, was instrumental in choosing Pruitt — a man who as state prosecutor actively opposed most federal environmental regulations and denied the science of climate change — for the nation’s top environmental job. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Trump allowed Icahn to vet and interview finalists for high-level EPA jobs even though Icahn owns business assets impacted by current EPA regulations.
In addition, a DeSmog investigation shows that Icahn Enterprises owns oil industry assets based in Oklahoma, which are involved in EPA enforcement violations, and does business with TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline system.
In his interview with Bloomberg, Icahn made clear his lack of affinity toward the EPA and environmental regulations.“The EPA, in my opinion, has gone way too far, has sort of run amuck with these crazy regulations,” Icahn said. “I’ve spoken to Scott Pruitt I’d say four or five times and gotten to know him and I really think he’s a great pick.”
Kinda makes you wonder who exactly Trump is going to Make American Great again for, for the benefit of whom, exactly? I think we know – great for the corporations which already have more power than any government. But corporations consist of people. People can make the choice to abandon their pursuit of wealth leading to THINGS and choose to make a choice to protect their host environment. They could… but if past history is the best indicator of the future – they won’t.